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Early rice harvests ease annual famine in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi farmers are benefiting from research that allows farmers to harvest rice earlier, giving them more time to grow a second crop to provide desperately needed food and ease hunger during monga -- the hunger months. Monga is a yearly famine that occurs in northwest Bangladesh from Septe...

Mars mission could ease Earth's energy supply crisis

Techniques and instrumentation initially developed for ExoMars - Europe's next robotic mission to Mars in 2016 - but now due to fly on a NASA mission in 2018, could also provide the answers to the globally pressing issue of energy supply. A major study by the Imperial College London, funded b...

Beavers can help ease drought

They may be considered pests, but beaver can help mitigate the effects of drought, and because of that, their removal from wetlands to accommodate industrial, urban and agricultural demands should be avoided, according to a new University of Alberta study. Removal of beaver should be considered...

Drinking milk may help ease the pressure

Women who drank more fat free milk and had higher intakes of calcium and vitamin D from foods, and not supplements, tended to have a lower risk for developing hypertension or high blood pressure, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension. After ...

Young scientists turn to gel to ease side-effects of cancer treatment

Three young scientists in the University of York's Department of Chemistry have developed a gel that could spare cancer patients some of the unpleasant and dangerous side-effects of radiotherapy. PhD students Andrew Wilson and Paul Watson, together with post-doctoral research fellow Mark Godber, ...

New DNA and RNA aptamers offer unique therapeutic advantages

...vailable free online at www.liebertpub.com/oli Aptamers offer several advantages compared to protein or small molecule drugs, most notably their ease of production, low risk of inducing an immune reaction in humans, and amenability to chemical modifications that enhance their drug-like properties, i...

Pinhead-size worms + robot = new antibiotics

... In an advance that could help ease the antibiotic drought, scientists in Massachusetts are describing successful use of a test that enlists pinhead-sized worms in efforts to discover ba...

Growing evidence of marijuana smoke's potential dangers

...t people often view marijuana as a "natural" product and less harmful than tobacco. As public attitudes toward marijuana change and legal restrictions ease in some countries, use of marijuana is increasing. Scientists know that marijuana smoke has adverse effects on the lungs. However, there is little kno...

University of Toronto helps to 'barcode' the world's plants

...greements over the appropriate DNA regions to use. "We compared the performance of the seven leading candidate gene regions against three criteria: ease of obtaining DNA sequences; quality of the DNA sequences; and ability to tell species apart based on a sample of 550 species of land plants", says Bar...

Vaccine blocks malaria transmission in lab experiments

...ssful transmission-blocking vaccine is an essential step in efforts to control the global spread of malaria. In our study, we demonstrate the relative ease of expression and induction of potent transmission-blocking antibodies in mice and non-human primates. This approach provides a compelling rationale a...

ACS Technologies(TM) Selects M2SYS for Innovative Biometric Software

...luated a number of biometric software providers," states Marvin Owen, vice president of ACS Technologies, "and ultimately chose M2SYS because of their ease of adoption, robust functionality, and competitive pricing structure. We are excited about bringing this technology to our customers and giving them t...

Gear bans 'can help save reefs'

...anently ban all of these types of gear. By creating temporary bans for specific types of gear following a coral bleaching event, reef managers could ease pressure on the reef and its fish population for a time when corals ecosystems are most sensitive without causing undue hardship to the human populati...

Help for climate-stressed corals

...anently ban all of these types of gear. By creating temporary bans for specific types of gear following a coral bleaching event, reef managers could ease pressure on the reef and its fish population for a time when corals ecosystems are most sensitive without causing undue hardship to the human populati...

Nonstick and laser-safe gold aids laser trapping of biomolecules

...sticky than a standard glass surfaceto anchor and position individual biomolecules. Gold is an alluring possibility, with its simple chemistry and the ease with which it can be patterned. Unfortunately, gold also tends to be sticky and can be melted by lasers. Now, biophysicists at JILA have made gold mor...

'The Vision Revolution': Eyes are the source of human 'superpowers'

...to explaining why a uniocular, unibrowed cyclops of legend would likely best today's teens at violent video games, The Vision Revolution explains with ease research that in the last two years has landed Changizi in the pages of Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and USA Today. "In targeting the book t...

'Platforms in space' to help businesses

...ision-making products and services. Dr. John Remedios co-director said "The biggest barriers to wide use of satellite data in the UK are knowledge, ease of access and solutions which are actually relevant to a given business or public service sector. Now that the European Commission and European Space ...

Rice University researchers ask if biofuels will lead to a 'drink or drive'

...es and sediment. "These potential drawbacks," which the authors labeled the "water footprint," must be "balanced by biofuels' significant potential to ease dependence on foreign oil and improve trade balance while mitigating air pollution and reducing fossil carbon emissions to the atmosphere." The rep...

Olympus broadens portfolio with new biliary metallic stent

... to deployment. A black marker is positioned at the proximal end of the stent facilitating endoscopic confirmation of the stent during deployment. The ease of deployment combined with superior radial support makes the X-Suit NIR the stent of choice for re-establishing biliary flow. ...

Is cherry juice a new 'sports drink?'

... SEATTLE, Wash., May 28, 2009, Drinking cherry juice could help ease the pain for people who run, according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Co...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- May 13, 2009

...ed at least 6 children and sickened 300,000 children in China who drank milk and infant formula adulterated with the substance. The improved tests may ease global concerns about food safety, the researchers say. Their report is scheduled for the May 27 issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemi...

Wildlife trade threatens public health and ecosystems

...ting effects on ecosystems, native species, food supply chains and human health. "As our world, in many senses, grows smaller and smaller with the ease of international travel, the network of connections has increased, facilitating the spread of diseases," said Rita Teutonico, senior advisor for integ...

NASA study says climate adds fuel to Asian wildfire emissions

...he period. "In this region, decision makers are facing a dichotomy of demands, as expanding commercial crop production is competing with efforts to ease the environmental impact of fires," said Jim Collatz, an Earth scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and a co-author of t...

Simulated gene therapy

... a cell. Dendrimers seem to offer many advantages over viruses. They may be much less toxic, and they may offer other advantages in terms of cost, ease of production, and the ability to transport very long genes. If they can be designed to efficiently -- and safely -- shuttle genes into human cells, t...

Entrust's New Code-Signing Certificates Enhance Trust in Applications, Software Developers

...le online management tool, save money DALLAS , April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A proven SSL certificate vendor should provide convenience, ease of use, affordability and boast a wide selection of the most popular certificate types. That's the model Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU ), achieved wit...

New method developed by UC San Diego bioengineers gives regenerative medicine a boost

... risk. For example, if you use this method on a mouse and the mouse tends to be shorter and develop a tumor, that's a big concern. This research helps ease those concerns. The big open question is by doing this kind of trick are you able to control the artificial cell 100 percent like a natural stem cell?...

Indigenous peoples at world summit to share climate change observations, coping techniques

...ry world region will share observations and experiences of early impacts in their part of the planet, as well as traditional practices that could both ease climate change and help all humanity adapt to its anticipated consequences. With scientific experts now predicting that the effects of climate chan...

Scorpion biodiversity

...rican"-like slope. Similarly the "European" slope of the canyon yielded nearly a third fewer scorpion specimens than the "African" slope . Despite the ease of movement between the two canyon faces, the particular adaptations of the scorpions to arid conditions have led to their greater abundance on the so...

Compendium of pancreatic cancer biomarkers established as strategic approach to early-detection

... out the best protein biomarker for pancreatic cancer a molecule that reveals itself in an accessible bodily fluid and therefore can be detected with ease and accuracy just like the protein biomarker that's made early on by a developing fetus and is exploited by at-home pregnancy tests. The "gold s...

American Chemical Society Weekly PressPac -- April 1, 2009

...ew drugs are pills rather than injectable medicines, making it easier for patients to take the medication over long periods of time. Most of the drugs ease the immune system damage to myelin or offer protection to already-damaged nerves. ARTICLE #5 EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, April 6, 2009 "H...

New aerosol observing technique turns gray skies to blue

...distribution. A new detection technique and a new satellite instrument developed by NASA scientists, the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS), should help ease the struggle. Some types of small aerosols -- such as black carbon from motor vehicle exhaust and biomass burning -- promote atmospheric warming by...

Oh, my aching back: Give me a shot of ozone

...n is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. While the pain of herniated disks can be severe, it can ease over time, and many people may no longer feel the need for medical care. However, in some, the pain from herniated (or ruptured or slipped) disks is i...

GEN reports biomanufacturers target a fully disposable process stream

..., though, and the discussions have shifted from the challenges to an emphasis on the opportunities disposable products provide, especially in terms of ease of use, flexibility, maximizing infrastructure utilization, in addition to cost savings, environmental impact. For example, GE Healthcare offers it...

Forget the freezer: Research suggests novel way to control water behavior

...ing surfaces. Water has long been known for its quirky physical properties, including its ability to expand when cooled and to flow with increasing ease when compressed. While this behavior on a large scale has been the subject of much research, the effect of nano-confinement on water's physical proper...

Parkinson's Disease Foundation awards $300,000 in bridge funding for innovative research projects

... calcium inside cells. If Dr. Surmeier's high risk approach is on target, he says it may be very easy to identify a treatment that could concurrently ease the motor and nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's, something that is not feasible with current therapies. One possibility includes isradipine, a medicat...

Inhibiting proteins may prevent cartilage breakdown in arthritis patients

... COLUMBIA, Mo. Current arthritis medications can ease the pain, but stopping the progression of the disease requires more aggressive treatments: use of very limited available drugs or surgical interventio...

AZTI-Tecnalia coordinates a platform promoting the use of zebrafish in scientific research

...dicine, environmental sciences, aquaculture, and food research. The use of the zebrafish is expanding rapidly thanks to its low maintenance costs, its ease of handling and reproduction, its high degree of genetic similarity with higher vertebrates and humans, and to the numerous genetic tools available. ...

Researchers examine role of climate change in disease spread

...se factors include genetic mutation, the introduction of new species of mosquitoes, the presence of an immunologically vulnerable human population and ease of transportation of infected humans (Chikungunya virus); cyclic periods of high rainfall, modern irrigation projects, and livestock trade between Afr...

Rot's unique wood degrading machinery to be harnessed for better biofuels production

...es and fast-growing trees such as poplarbred specifically as biomass for biofuels. Among the desirable characteristics of biofuel "feedstocks" is the ease by which they can be deconstructed. Traditionally, harsh chemicals and expensive high-heat treatments have been employed. In parallel with the devel...

Methyl bromide alternatives indicated for North Carolina tomato production

...agricultural crops. No known single alternative fumigant, chemical, or other technology exists that can readily substitute for MeBr in efficacy, cost, ease of use, availability, worker safety, and environmental safety. Fresh-market tomatoes were planted on 124,400 acres in the United States in 2007, wi...

NYU scientists discover dangerous new method for bacterial toxin transfer

... only transfer to Listeria, he said the relatively high efficiency suggests that other cases may well exist in nature, raising new questions about the ease with which unrelated microbes might gain some of the more notorious S. aureus toxins. Since bacteriophages are extremely common among bacteriaa drop ...
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